For the last six months I have tried my best to be the perfect type 2 diabetic. I have dieted. I have watched my carb intake. I have exercised. I have not touched a french fry, doughnut or basket of tortilla chips since October. No non-diet drink has crossed my lips. I have lost over forty pounds, dropped my A1c from 9.6 to 5.9 and reduced my waist size by almost six inches. I am off all medication, my doctor loves me, my family is impressed, and I am about sick of it all. I want a day off from the new healthy me. I want to come home, lay on my couch and watch a movie. With a can of Pringles. And a beer. Maybe some pizza for a late dinner followed by ice cream for dessert. I am tired of being just a little bit hungry half the day. I am tired of sore muscles and hours in the gym. I want pancakes with real maple syrup, waffles, french toast, powdered doughnuts, croissants with almond paste. I do not want to see a broccoli floret, a piece of spinach or anything else green...
I always wore cute shoes. At least I thought they were. Some people, namely my opinionated family, would heartily disagree.
But then my cute shoes started making my feet feel numb. Or so I thought. Certainly, it had to be the shoes. For confirmation of my belief, I saw my family doctor about my aggravating, tingly feet.
"Well of course I believe it could be those shoes, Jennifer. You spend too much time walking and working in those impractical, unsupportive things," my doctor said.
She went on saying, "Buy some practical shoes with some arch support and the tingling will go away I bet."
Sure enough, new shoes purchased and a few weeks later my numb feet were history.
Later, as I was wrapping up my senior year in college, back in the olden days when students wrote long-hand exams in blue books, my right hand started to feel like it was asleep.
Strange, I thought, and back to the doctor I went.
"You're just under lots of stress, studying ...
Alternative Names Nerve damage - diabetic Symptoms Symptoms often develop slowly over several years. They can vary depending on the nerves that are affected. People with diabetes may have trouble digesting food. These problems can make your diabetes harder to control. Symptoms of this problem are: Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food Heartburn and bloating Nausea, constipation, or diarrhea Swallowing problems
Throwing up food you have eaten a few hours after a meal Tingling or burning in the arms and legs may be an early sign of nerve damage. These feelings often start in your toes and feet. You may have deep pain, often in the feet and legs. Nerve damage may cause you to lose feeling in your arms and legs. Because of this you may: Not notice when you step on something sharp Not know that you have a blister or small cut Not notice when you touch something that is too hot or cold Damage to nervves in your heart and blood vessels may cause you to: Feel light-headed when you stand up (...
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